Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mistreated Teachers from Philippines

This is somewhat a sequel to my post about placement fee.

There are Filipino Teachers that work here in the USA. They work in different states. Actually there are few Filipino teachers that were hired to work in Birmingham, Alabama this year.

Would you believe that these teachers has to pay and amount of $15,000 (more or less) as placement fee to work here in the US? Can you imagine this amount converted to Philippine Pesos... it is more than Php700,000! Where on earth can somebody find this amount if you are just an ordinary person in the Philippines?

I am glad that The American Federation of Teachers filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor calling for an investigation.

These teachers worked here because they want to provide a better future for their families but it seems like these teachers will provide better future for the placement agencies. Their hard earned money should go to their families and not to this placement agencies.

Here's a piece of article that was published in Yahoo News...

NEW ORLEANS – A teachers' union is claiming that a California-based firm that recruited teachers from the Philippines to work in Louisiana schools made the educators pay fees of $15,000 or more.

The American Federation of Teachers filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor calling for an investigation. The complaint, dated Tuesday, follows similar ones the union's state affiliate filed last month with Louisiana officials.

The union says California-based Universal Placement International and its president, Lourdes "Lulu" Navarro, illegally collected the fees from teachers they recruited in the Philippines.

The union also claims the company holds the teachers' immigration documents to coerce payments.

A spokeswoman for Navarro did not immediately return a call for comment.


katherine said...

intawn kalooy..pero tinood baya na Lu, pero dati kay 200,000 pesos ra man to. That was in 2004 kay naa man mi silingan sa maynila nga naka larga jud. sus 700,000 na diay ron..gosh...

Us said...

Sus kalooy sd sa mnga naningkakay ug work abroad bahala mingaw sa pamilya para lngmakaraos g pangwartahan pa jd sa mga animal. hehehehe knalinga ko ky lulu ang name dha lol joke lng.

Kalooy sd sa mga maestra, dili raba sayon intawn ning mag maestra ta sa foreign country ky lahi ra ba ang mga bata compare didto sa atoa.

Amo bitaw principal sauna, ni leave ky nag apply ug teaching post dri US sus wala human iya contract niuli ky gikapoy siya ug disciplina waaaaa.

Gambling Wordpress Themes said...

What?! $15,000?! That is way too much T_T

David Funk said...

Wow, that's incredible, and it definitely isn't right. I'm glad an investigation is taking place because it is high time this be put to an end.

To think anyone in the world should come up with that kind of money is ridiculous.

Thanks for sharing, and I hope it will be okay for all teachers!

Andrew Walker said...

Hi, I hope they win their case. It is really sad how, we as human beings can mistreat others. One day they will wake up and see the truth, that we are all one.
Good Luck &
Best Regards

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Anonymous said...

Go here to find out the other half of the story.

Louisiana Hiring Filipino Teachers, Firing Americans—Where Are The Teacher Unions When We Need Them?

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